Billy Porter Makes History As Allure’s First Male Cover Star

Posted on January 10, 2020

Billy Porter covers the latest issue of Allure magazine photographed by Ben Hassett and styled by Nicola Formichetti.

 

On what fuels him to make art: “It’s our turn. It’s time. I’m a part of the first generation of gay men, ever, who gets to be out loud and proud in the world. My generation is the first. Bitches are scared. And they should be.”

On masculinity: “The hetero normative construct that masculinity is better silenced me for many years. It was like my masculinity was in question before I could even comprehend the thought. I was sent to a psychologist at five years old because I was a sissy and my family was afraid. I love them. They didn’t know. It was a different time.”

On his love for fashion: “It was always an expression for me. I always wanted to do something different. I always wanted to express myself in my clothes differently. And I always had great taste. And expensive taste.”

 

Groomer: Melissa DeZarate
Makeup: Peter Philips
Nails: Naomi Yasuda

 

[Photo Credit: Ben Hassett/Allure Magazine]

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